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GDS gives Box the nod for cross-department collaboration

GDS turns to cloud storage and file-sharing specialist Box to manage collaboration across UK government departments

The Government Digital Service (GDS) has signed off on an agreement to use cloud content-sharing and collaboration services from Box across government departments.

The decision follows a rigorous and lengthy assessment around security and compliance, after which the Cabinet Office senior information risk owner (SIRO), Mark Fisher, approved the California-based supplier for information sharing at the official security classification level, both internally and externally.

GDS will use Box to enhance flexibility around file-sharing of official data and to improve the collaboration capabilities of remote workers in the government.

Box senior vice-president and general manager of Europe, Middle-East and Africa, David Quantrell, described GDS as a “pioneer” in deploying innovative technology and fostering wider cross-government collaboration.

“Technology has advanced dramatically and new ways of working can mean legacy IT systems are not always suitable for today’s government, which often needs to manage critical content easily and securely from anywhere and on any device,” said Quantrell.

According to Quantrell, Box was excited about transforming how public sector employees work with and manage information, and had striven to help government customers confidently embrace collaboration and mobility. Box set out to do this by combining a more intuitive user experience with robust administrative features to manage critical information in a secure fashion.

Box has been bulking up its public sector business in a number of markets, and recently announced it had signed a similar contract for enterprise file-sharing with the US Department of Justice.

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Box has already been made available on the G-Cloud Digital Marketplace and is in use at a number of public sector bodies, including the University of Dundee, where it is used to support connected research and assessment projects. It is also in place at Peterborough City Council, where it is being used for document-sharing in place of an old EMC storage area network.

Box's availability is in spite of it only recently taking the decision to build datacentre facilities outside of the US for the first time, which it announced at the 2015 Box World Tour in London.

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